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THEY EXPRESS the eternal wisdom and love of God to all of humanity. They will never be outdated. They apply to solving every discordant human condition. Ideally, people follow the Ten Commandments not out of fear of what would happen if they disobeyed them, but because they naturally love good, which comes from God. People follow what they know and love.
The First Commandment acknowledges only one Mind or God, and disputes the validity of the material senses' assertion of many conflicting minds. As individuals think and act under the guidance of this Mind, they inevitably will help heal society worldwide because our thinking determines our experience. Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Jesus urged the commandment, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me,' which may be rendered: Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal; thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life,—even God, good" (Science and Health, pp. 19-20). Jesus called this "the first and great commandment." And the second, he said, was "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matt. 22:38, 39).
About the author
Robert D. "Bob" Stranathan is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. He lives in Walnut Creek, California.
with contributions from MYRA W. BROWN, LINDA VARA, ROGER COLWILL, JOHN AND SUE PATTERSON, DOROTHY DAUGHERTY
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS—FULL OF PROMISE
PATRICIA KADICK, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Elie Wiesel
The 'thou shalt not' promise
BY ELAINE FOLLIS
'First lessons of the children'
BY JULIE WARD
BY ROBERT STRANATHAN
It meant more than do not steal
BY ROBERTA DEVER
Even the night shall be light
SAFETY AT SCHOOL AND EVERYWHERE ELSE
with contributions from SARAH HYATT
I prayed for myself
SEEKING PEACE AND STABILITY IN NORTH KOREA
A DREAM COME TRUE
'PERFECT' MAKES PRACTICE FUN
STAYING AWAKE FOR THE FAMILY OF MAN
A CHOICE FOR PRAYER AND HEALING
KATHLEEN TACK MCRIVETTE
CAT ALLERGY HEALED
GOD'S DIRECTION—ALWAYS RELIABLE